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St. Paul’s Blitzes #1 Belmont Hill, 6-2

Belmont, Mass. – St. Paul’s School knocked #1 Belmont Hill from the ranks of the undefeated today, outplaying their hosts in every facet of the game and heading back north with a 6-2 win.

After Belmont Hill’s Jake Moscatel scored a pretty goal to put the home team up 2-1 at 2:17 of the second, St. Paul’s top line of Ben Albertson (2g,2a), Jason Bourgea (1g,2a), and Alex Davidson (2g) went to town, reeling off five unanswered goals  -- one on the power-play, one shorthanded, and three even strength.

The goal that was the backbreaker was St. Paul’s fourth goal. Albertson carried the puck into the Belmont Hill zone and got absolutely hammered by a hard open ice hit. While Belmont Hill’s other defenseman stood watching with wonderment as Albertson crashed to the ice like a big Redwood tree, centerman Jason Bourgea swept into the zone, scooped up the puck that was being ignored and broke in alone on Belmont Hill junior goalie Mike Condon to put St. Paul’s up 4-2 at 13:29 of the second.

In the third, Belmont Hill lost their composure a bit, and looked, rightly so, like a team that was unaccustomed to being on the short end of things. They allowed a shorthanded goal early on, and then an even strength goal to make it 6-2. Both goals were scored by Albertson, who clearly had no problems shaking off the big hit.

While St. Paul’s top line put up the big numbers, every line the visitors put out there today skated hard, cycled the puck well, and used their speed and Belmont Hill’s big sheet to their advantage. They also peppered Mike Condon with 38 shots. Condon, who’s been money in the bank for the Hillies this year, had his first rough outing, but he also didn’t get a lot of help, as the Belmont Hill defenders struggled to contain the St. Paul’s forwards, who dominated territorially, as the final shot count -- Belmont Hill, 38-26 – indicates.  

This was also an extremely physical game, but clean. Belmont Hill, already playing without defenseman Nick Metcalfe and forward Mike O’Donnell, both out with separated shoulders, also lost Joe Tierney with a separated shoulder in the second.

St. Paul’s goalie Andrew Peabody was solid, but didn’t have to stand on his head. The first goal he allowed was from a scrum in front. On Moscatel’s second-period goal, he was left pretty defenseless as the Belmont Hill senior forward flew down the left side, cut across the slot and fired one home. Peabody wound up kicking out 24 of 26 for the win.

St. Paul’s head coach Tim Pratt said, “We played hard and we played fast, and Peabody was solid, but there were also moments in the game where we got big goals and I’d say that was the difference, perhaps more than skill or anything else.”

For St. Paul's, this was a statement win. However, Belmont Hill will get a second whack at them when they make the trip up to Concord, NH on Wed. Feb. 20th (3:30 pm), the penultimate game of the season for both teams. If the present is prologue, there might be a lot riding on that one.


Wild Weather Grounds Northwood-Tilton

High winds, white-out snow, and freezing roads in Lake Placid this morning have led Northwood School AD Tom Fleming to pull the plug on the prep team's trip down the mountain and across the lake to Vermont.

So this afternoon's scheduled game against Tilton, which was to have been played at Norwich University at 3:30, has been cancelled. 


Northwood will be playing a pair of games v. the Springfield Pics in Western Mass this weekend. On Saturday morning Feb. 2 they will face off in the practice rink at the Mullins Center at 11:00 am, and stick around to watch the Maine-UMass game at night. On Sunday Feb. 3 at noon, the two teams will meet at the Fitzpatrick Arena in Holyoke, Mass.

Also, some schedules show Northwood meeting Wyoming Seminary at Wyoming Seminary on Feb. 16-17. Those games will actually be played at RPI's Houston Field House. Game times are 7:00 pm and 11:15 am, respectively.


1/30/08 Updated

Wed. Jan. 30 Recaps

-- At Salisbury, Conn., junior Adam Pawlick (3g) and sophomore Kyle Hughes (1g,2a) each had three points and sophomore goaltender Andy Iles posted a 23-save shutout as #3 Salisbury demolished Trinity-Pawling, 8-0. Salisbury scored six goals in the second period alone.

-- At Avon, Conn., #1 Avon also notched six goals in the second, en route to a 7-0 dismantling of Westminster. Paul Lee (1g,3a) and Patrick Mullane (1g,2a) led the scoring parade, and junior Parker Milner posted an 18-save shutout. Also, Brad Peltz and Michael DiMare each had a pair of goals for the Winged Beavers. Westminster has lost four of their last five, coming up on the short end vs. Avon (2x), Deerfield, and Kent.

-- At Concord, NH, #4 St. Paul’s extended their unbeaten streak to 12 games, tying Governor’s, 2-2. They’re probably less than thrilled, though, as they had a 2-0 lead after first period goals by Ben Albertson and Mike Daly. But they couldn’t put ‘em away and GDA hung in there, getting a second period goal from Michael Voto and a third period goal from Will Bryson. The goaltenders, Andrew Peabody (23/25) and Dominic Malerba (26/28) had good days, though.

-- At Millbrook, NY, junior goaltender Jamie MacMillan of Niagara Falls, Ont. kicked out 34 of 35 shots to lead Millbrook to a 3-1 win over Gunnery. Kirk Baldo, Mathieu Dubuc, and Evan Haney (an empty-netter) scored Millbrook’s goals. Senior John Vazzano was the tough-luck loser for Gunnery, kicking out 31 of 33.

--  At Wolfeboro, NH, Proctor outshot host Brewster 35-27 but came up on the short end on the scoreboard as Brewster junior goaltender Philip Kagstedt of Kullavik, Sweden kicked out 33 shots to lead his team to a 5-2 win. Guillaume Cyr (2g), Robert Koger (1g,1a), and Stefan Lutzenkirchen (2a) each had two points for Brewster. Alex Milley (1g,1a) figured in both of Proctor’s goals.

-- A flu outbreak at Canterbury forced the postponement of their game at Berkshire. The game will be made up on Mon. Feb. 4 at 6:00 pm.

--  At Greenwich, Conn., junior goalie Michael Furlong kicked out 22 of 23 shots to lead Brunswick to a 2-1 win over Hoosac.

-- At Plymouth, NH, Tommy Clayton, with his team on the power play, scored his second goal of the game at 17:16 of the third period to lift #10 Exeter to a 4-3 win over host Holderness. Mark Haggarty had a pair of goals for Holderness.

-- At Belmont, Mass., Lawrence Academy was outshot 33-22 but got goals from five different scorers and knocked off #6 Belmont Hill, 5-4. Matt Walsh stopped 29 of 33 shots to earn the win.

-- At Marion, Mass., Milton Academy junior forward Jay Heasley had a hat trick and added an assist as Milton topped Tabor, 6-2. Junior goaltender Thomas Tysowsky stopped 30 of 32 shots for the win. Milton is unbeaten in its last six games (4-0-2). 6'6", 240 lb. senior d-man Walter McCarthy, who didn't start playing football until arriving at Milton, has won a football scholarship to UNH.

-- At Concord, Mass., #6 St. George’s topped Middlesex, 8-4. Kevin Shelton (2g,2a), Whit Curtin (1g,3a), and Mike Violette (4a) each had four points. Mike Carrellas (1g,2a), Patrick Guerriero (1g,1a), and Scott Channelli (2g) also had productive afternoons. Chris Mahoney had a pair of goals for Middlesex.

-- A Nick Kolb overtime goal lifted Kent’s Hill, #1 in Div. II, to a 4-3 win over #4 Hebron.         

-- At Stanstead, Que., Sr. Pat Shortt scored all of #3 New Hampton’s goals – the last being an empty-netter – in a 3-1 win at Stanstead College. Senior goaltender Matt O’Connor kicked out 22 of 23 for the win.

-- At Andover, Mass., #5 Deerfield, trailing Andover 3-2 early in the third period exploded for four goals – Alex Killorn scored two and assisted on two others – and skated off with a 6-3 win over Andover. Deerfield has won four in a row, and six of their last seven.

-- At Ashburnham, Mass., host Cushing got goals from five different scorers and topped Pomfret, 5-1. T.J. Massie kicked out 18 of 19 shots for the win.

-- At South Berwick, Maine, sophomore goaltender Casey DeSmith stopped all 14 shots he faced in a 4-0 shutout of Brooks School. Junior forward Josh Richards (2g,2a) figured in all four of this team’s goals.

-- At Windsor, Conn., junior forward Scott Cook (2g,2a) paced Williston-Northampton to a 7-5 win over host Loomis.

-- At Weston, Mass., Jono Turchetta (1g,3a), Alex Machikas (2g,1a), and Will Lee (1g,2a) led Groton to a 5-2 win over Rivers.

-- At Kent, Conn., Taft won its seventh consecutive game, a 5-4 decision over host – and #2-ranked – Kent. Taft, which was outshot in the game 34-20, got goals from five different goal scorers.

-- At Lakeville, Conn., #7 Hotchkiss and Choate battled to a 0-0 tie. Choate sophomore Nick BonDurant kicked out 39 shots, and Hotchkiss senior John Yanchek stopped 22 shots.    

-- At Southborough, Mass., Roxbury Latin got a hat trick from Dan Findley and a three assist game from Richie Iskra in a 6-2 win over St. Mark’s.


This Week's Schedule

Mon. Jan. 28, 2008:
Westminster @ Williston-Northampton, 4:30 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Hotchkiss, 4:30 pm
Berkshire @ Salisbury, 4:30 pm
Holderness @ New Hampton, 6:00 pm (previously scheduled for 1/26)

Tue. Jan. 29, 2008:
Vermont Academy @ Stanstead College, 4:30 pm

Wed. Jan. 30, 2008:
Taft @ Kent, 2:00 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Salisbury, 2:00 pm
Proctor @ Brewster, 2:30 pm
Westminster @ Avon Old Farms, 2:30 pm
Hebron @ Kent's Hill, 3:00 pm
Gunnery @ Millbrook, 3:00 pm
Governor Dummer @ St. Paul's, 3:15 pm
Exeter @ Holderness, 3:30 pm
Choate @ Hotchkiss, 3:30 pm
Tilton vs. Northwood, 3:30 pm (at Norwich University) cancelled
St. George’s @ Middlesex, 4:00 pm
Lawrence @ Belmont Hill, 4:00 pm
Noble & Greenough @ Thayer, 4:00 pm
Albany Academy @ South Kent, 4:00 pm
Portsmouth Abbey @ Worcester Academy, 4:00 pm (New England Sports Center)
New Hampton @ Stanstead College, 4:00 pm
Brooks @ Berwick, 4:00 pm
Dexter @ St. Thomas More, 4:00 pm
Northfield Mt. Hermon @ Kimball Union, 4:00 pm
Deerfield @ Andover, 4:00 pm
Lawrenceville @ Wyoming Seminary, 4:15 pm
Canterbury @ Berkshire, 4:15 pm  postponed to Jan. 4
Williston-Northampton @ Loomis-Chaffee, 4:15 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ Rye Country Day, 4:30 pm
Harvey @ King & Low-Heywood Thomas, 4:30 pm
Groton @ Rivers, 4:30 pm
Hoosac @ Brunswick, 4:30 pm
Milton @ Tabor, 4:45 pm
Pomfret @ Cushing, 5:00 pm
Roxbury Latin @ St. Mark's, 5:15 pm

Thu. Jan. 31, 2008:
Kimball Union @ Vermont Academy, 4:30 pm
Gunnery @ Pomfret, 4:30 pm

Fri. Feb. 01, 2008:
Cushing @ Holderness, 3:30 pm
Andover @ Belmont Hill, 5:00 pm
St. Sebastian's @ Lawrence, 5:00 pm
Hebron @ Berwick, 5:00 pm  -- moved up to 1/31/08
Rivers @ St. Mark's, 5:00 pm
North Yarmouth @ Pingree, 5:00 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ Harvey, 5:30 pm
St. Paul's @ Noble & Greenough, 5:30 pm
Albany Academy @ Worcester Academy, 6:00 pm (New England Sports Center)
Shady Side Academy @ Hill School, 6:00 pm
Bridgton @ Boston Advantage U-18AAA, 6:30 pm (@ Canton Sportsplex)
Thayer @ Governor Dummer, 7:00 pm (Makeup of Dec. 1 game)
Ridley College @ National Sports Academy, 7:00 pm
Northfield Mt. Hermon @ Winchendon, 7:30 pm
Wyoming Seminary @ Nichols, 8:00 pm
Dexter @ St. George's, 8:00 pm

Sat. Feb. 02, 2008:
St. Andrew's vs. Culver Academy, 9:45 am (@ Michigan State University)
Wyoming Seminary @ Nichols, 10:00 am
Ridley College @ National Sports Academy, 11:00 am
Northwood vs. Springfield Pics, 11:00 am (@ UMass; Mullins Center practice rink)
King & Low-Heywood Thomas @ Kingswood-Oxford, 1:00 pm
Boston Advantage U-18AAA @ Bridgton, 1:00 pm
Tabor @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 1:00 pm
Youngstown Phantoms @ Gilmour, 1:30 pm
Shady Side Academy @ Lawrenceville, 1:30 pm
Middlesex @ Brooks, 2:00 pm
Pingree @ Brunswick, 2:00 pm
Governor Dummer @ Thayer, 2:00 pm
Roxbury Latin @ St. George's, 2:00 pm
St. Mark's @ Groton, 3:00 pm
Exeter @ Milton, 3:00 pm
Proctor @ Tilton, 3:00 pm
Kent's Hill @ Dexter, 3:00 pm
Belmont Hill @ Rivers, 3:00 pm
Albany Academy @ Winchendon, 3:15 pm
Holderness @ Kimball Union, 4:00 pm
Hoosac @ Vermont Academy, 4:00 pm
Stanstead College @ North Yarmouth, 5:30 pm

Sun. Feb. 03, 2008:
St. Andrew's vs. Culver Academy, 10:00 am (@ Michigan State)
Team Comcast U18 @ Wyoming Seminary, 11:45 am
Northwood vs. Springfield Pics, 12:00 pm (Fitzpatrick Arena; Holyoke, Mass.)
Stanstead College @ Kent's Hill, 1:00 pm

Mon. Feb. 04, 2008:
Holderness @ Exeter, 3:00 pm (rescheduled from 1/14/08 )
Andover @ BB&N, 4:30 pm
Canterbury @ Berkshire, 6:00 pm


Kents Hill New #1 in Div. II

Kents Hill has beaten out Worcester Academy by the closest of margins and is the new #1 in the USHR weekly Div. II poll. New Hampton ran a very strong third. Click below for the full poll.

USHR Div. II Poll; 1/28/08



Avon Holding Onto Top Spot in USHR Div. I Poll

Avon Old Farms (17-1-0) is once again #1 in this week’s USHR Div. I Prep Poll. And there’s a brand new team making its debut at #9. Westminster and Choate, each now with six NEPSIHA Div. I losses, have been bounced out of the Top 10 – at least for this week.

USHR Div. I Prep Poll -- 1/27/07



Sat. Jan. 26 Recaps

-- In a neutral-site game at Harvard University this evening, #4 Salisbury scored twice in the first period, and five times in the second en route to a 10-1 win over Holderness. Scorers for Salisbury were Jack Clayman (1g,2a), Frankie Drolet (2g), Kyle Hughes (1g,1a), Vic Heselton (1g,1a), Adam Pawlick (1g,1a), Shawn Manning (1g,1a), Billy Fitzgerald (1g,1a), Mike Schoolcraft (2a), Mike McCann (1g), and Bryan Luther (1g). Brandon Russo, Danny Biega, Matt Nieto, Shane Sooth, Matt Clune, and Brad Stefanski each added an assist.

Holderness got a first period goal from Anthony Mezzagno, from Ben Magnan.

Salisbury goaltending duties were split 50-50, with Anthony Borelli starting and Andy Iles taking over midway through the second period.

Senior Paul Jaskot’s MRI came back – no fracture. He’s expected back in action Feb. 6 vs. Taft. Junior forward Cam Flint, a top-flight lacrosse player from Ontario, will miss the remainder of the season but will be ready for lacrosse.

-- At Groton, Mass., junior Alex Davidson scored a power play goal with 1:33 remaining in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and lift #6 St. Paul’s to their seventh straight win, a 3-2 verdict over Lawrence Academy. Ben Albertson and defenseman Cheyne Rocha assisted on the goal.

St. Paul’s had a 2-0 lead after one, on power play goals by Cory McGrath and Jason Bourgea. Lawrence came back with a pair in the second, even-strength goals by Matt Rosenthal and John McInnis to tie the game at 2-2 and set things up for a dramatic third period.

St. Paul’s senior Andrew Peabody stopped 35 of 37 Lawrence shots while improving his record to 10-0-1 on the season – and the tie came in a 0-0 game with Milton Academy on January 9.

Lawrence outshot St. Paul’s, 37-25.

-- At Avon, Conn., #1 Avon Old Farms rolled over #9 Choate, with Cam Atkinson leading the way with a four-point afternoon (2g,2a). Paul Lee (1g,1a), Chris Wieland (1g,1a), Pat Mullane (2a), and Brad Cooper (2a) each had two points for the Winged Beavers. Mark Goggin (1g,1a) had two points for the Wild Boars.

-- At Wolfeboro, NH, a shorthanded goal by Kharkov, Ukraine native Igor Yegorychev at 14:59 of the third period lifted Brewster to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Hoosac School. Brewster outshot Hoosac 40-18.

-- At Weston, Mass., Rivers topped Middlesex, 4-1. Brian McNulty (2g), Cam Brown (1g,1a), and Jordan Greenfield (2a) each had a pair of points and senior Kyle Shute kicked out 22 of 23 shots for the win.

-- At Exeter, NH, forwards Jamie Core (2g) and Tommy Clayton (2a) led the attack and senior goaltender Ryan Purdy kicked out 28 of 29 shots to lead Exeter to a 4-1 win over Cushing Academy.

-- At Simsbury, Conn., #3 Kent topped #7 Westminster, 4-2. Senior Drew Daniels (2g) and sophomore Paul Cinquegrana (2a) each had a couple of points and senior goaltender Mike Milan stopped 28 of 30 shots for the W.  

-- At Belmont, Mass., freshman Brendan McNally (2g,1a) figured in all three of his team’s goals as Belmont Hill topped Berwick, 3-1. Sophomore goaltender Derek Metcalfe stopped 16 of 17 shots for the win.

--  At Watertown, Conn., Taft topped Trinity-Pawling, 6-2. Junior forward Robbie Bourdon (2g,1a) and sophomore D Thomas Freyre (3a) led the attack with three points apiece. Mike Sinsigalli (2g), Sean Curran (1g,1a), and George Hughes (2a) each had two points. Steve Racine kicked out 19 of 20 for the win. Taft outshot T-P, 50-21.

-- At Deerfield, Mass., #10 Deerfield edged #5 Hotchkiss, 3-1, with Alex Killorn (2g,1a) figuring in all three goals (the final one was an empty-netter). Senior Chip Daugherty and junior Antoine Laganiere each had a goal and an assist for the Big Green. The other part of the story was in net, where Deerfield senior Micheal Dizgun (31/32) outdueled Hotchkiss senior John Yanchek (29/31).

-- At Windsor, Conn., Phillips Andover won their fifth game in a row, a 5-1 decision over Loomis. Andrew Cox (2g,1a), Bennet Carroccio (3a), Bobby Farnham (2g), and Chris Kreider (1g,1a) had big days. So, too, did junior goaltender Chase Potter, who stopped 16 of 17 shots for the win. Andover outshot Loomis, 42-17.

-- At South Hamilton, Mass., sophomore D William Weimar scored at 12:00 of the third period to lift Vermont Academy to a 4-3 win over host Pingree. It was Weimar’s second goal of the day. Junior goaltender Austin Erney stopped 35 of 38 shots for the win.

-- At Sheffield, Mass., #8 Berkshire topped Winchendon, 8-4. Youth was served, as the Bears were led by sophomores today – Jake Goldberg (4g,1a), Chris McCarthy (2g,2a), and Kevin Sullivan (4a).

-- At Pottstown, Pa., host Hill and Wyoming Seminary battled to a 2-2 tie. Senior Joey Swist scored both of the Hill’s goals. Kris Arvanitakis (1g,1a) figured in both Wyoming goals. The big goaltenders, Hill’s Stefan Carouge (35/37) and Wyoming’s Tony Ierfino (30/32), had big afternoons.

 -- South Kent, on the road again, topped host National Sports Academy, 7-4. Junior Wade Megan (3g,2a) had a big day, as did senior D Dillon O'Hara (4a) and sophomore forward Mike Pereira (3g). Garrett Clement and Jeff Silengo each had a pair of assists. Tim Wolford (2g) and Geoff Matzell (1g,1a) each had two points for NSA.

-- At Tilton, NH, host Tilton defeated NMH, 4-1. Tilton got goals from four different scorers and senior goaltender Steve DiDomenico of Lowell, Mass. stopped 34 of 35 shots to pick up the win.

-- At Hebron, Maine., Hebron and Kents Hill battled to a 3-3 tie. Hebron's Keith MacDonald (27/30) and Kents Hill junior Brian Fleming (18/21) were solid in goal. Senior D Brad Richard had a pair of goals for Kents Hill.   

-- At Worcester, Mass., there was a major upset as Rye Country Day sophomore goaltender Justin Gluck stopped 25 of 26 shots to lead his team to a 3-1 win over #1-ranked Worcester Academy. Rye CD trailed late in the first, but then got to work, scoring three unanswered goals, one apiece from Bradlee Pesce, Evan Oleson, and Shayne Bingham. 


Wed. Jan. 23 Recaps

-- At Belmont, Mass., South Kent edged #2 Belmont Hill, 3-2. See below for full game story.

-- At Watertown, Conn., sophomore Michael Petchonka kicked out 24 of 26 shots to lead Taft to a 6-2 upset of #3 Kent. Ryan Rostenkowski (2g), George Hughes (1g,1a), Andrew Balysky (1g,1a), Mike Sinsigalli (2a), and Jesse Root (2a) each had two points for the Rhinos.

-- At Saxtons River, Vt., Proctor topped host Vermont Academy, 6-2. Sophomore Connor Toomey (1g,3a) led the way for Proctor. Dennis Silvio (1g,2a), Ryan Ruddock (2g), Matt Robertson (1g,1a), and Will Compton (2a) also had productive days. Brian Gibbons scored both of VA’s goals.

-- At Windsor, Conn., #1 Avon Old Farms blanked Loomis, 7-0, with sophomore Josh Dionne (23 saves) picking up the shutout. Cam Atkinson (1g,2a), Pat Mullane (1g,2a), Lee Moffie (2g), Paul Lee (1g,1a), and James Chamness (1g,1a) led the Winged Beavers scoring parade.

-- At Salisbury, Conn., #4 Salisbury rolled over Gunnery, 7-1, with sophomore Andy Iles kicking out 20 of 21 shots for the win. Adam Pawlick (3g,1a), Kyle Quick (3a), Matt Clune (3a), Kyle Hughes (2g), and Danny Biega (1g,1a) led the attack for Salisbury.

-- At Gill, Mass., Cushing topped NMH, 7-2. T.J. Massie stopped 23 of 25 shots for the win. Brian Maguire (2g,1a), Mike Conderman (3a), Brian Troy (1g,1a), Connor Sheary (1g,1a) and Casey Brugman (2a) led the Penguins attack.

-- At Lakeville, Conn., #5 Hotchkiss defeated Canterbury, 3-1. John Yanchek, previously committed to Middlebury but now back in the marketplace, kicked out 17 of 18 shots for the win. Luke Glendening (1g,1a) and Kevin Kittredge (2a) each had two points for the Bearcats.

-- At West Roxbury, Mass., Rivers senior Kyle Shute (35 saves) shut out Roxbury Latin, 4-0. Rivers got goals from four different players.

-- At West Hartford, Conn., Kingswood-Oxford blanked Harvey, 4-0, with junior Andrew Boyce picking up the shutout on 23 saves. Harvey junior Jason O’Brien kicked out 56 of 60 shots in a losing effort.

-- At Kents Hill, Maine, Josh Goellner (2g,1a) and Keith Maynard (3a) led the Kents Hill offense and junior Brian Fleming kicked out 16 shots in a 5-1 win over NYA.

-- At Sheffield, Mass., #8 Berkshire rolled over Pomfret, 10-1. Chris Buonomo (3g,1a), Nick Prokow (4a), Matt Genovese (3a), and Chris McCarthy (1g,2a) led the Bears’ scoring.

-- At Simsbury, Conn., Deerfield goaltender Michael Dizgun kicked out 39 of 41 shots to lead #10 Deerfield to a 5-2 win over #7 Westminster. Deerfield got goals from five different scorers.

-- At Concord, NH, #6 St. Paul’s extended its unbeaten streak to nine games with a 5-0 win over Thayer. Andrew Peabody (22 saves) picked up the shutout. The Ben Albertson (2g,2a), Jason Bourgea (4a), Alex Davidson (1g,1a) contines to stay hot.

-- At Easthampton, Mass., junior Scott Cook scored a third period goal to lift Williston-Northampton to a 4-3 win over Millbrook. Pat O’Kane (1g,2a) had three points for Williston and sophomore Bobby Bowden kicked out 22 of 25 shots to pick up the win.

-- At Concord, Mass., New Hampton got a pair of goals from senior Kyle Zobler in a 6-2 win over host Middlesex.

-- At Wallingford, Conn., Trinity-Pawling junior Beau Roeder scored a power play goal with five seconds left in regulation to lift his team to a 4-3 win over #9 Choate. Senior Clark DeGeer had three assists for T-P and goaltender Colin Bessey came up big, kicking out 44 of 47 shots for the win.

-- At Needham, Mass., Nobles topped St. Sebastian’s, 5-2. Matt Marshall (2g,1a) and Andrew Glass (1g,2a) led the scoring and sophomore Billy Burchill kicked out 32 of 34 shots for the win. Senior D Tuker Donahoe scored both of St. Seb’s goals.

-- At Meriden, NH, Exeter kept Kimball Union in the winless column, as ace golfer Jamie Core (1g,2a) and Tommy Clayton (1g,1a) led the offense. Jamie Schmidt scored both of KUA’s goals.

-- At Andover, Mass., senior Steven Bury of York, PA scored in OT to lift Andover to a 3-2 win over Winchendon. Sophomore Chris Kreider scored a pair of goals for Andover. Glenn Stowell kicked out 33 shots for the win; Raphael Rossy of Geneva, Switzerland kicked out 31 shots in a losing effort.

-- At Groton, Mass., Worcester Academy continued its winning ways, defeating host Groton, 4-2. Sophomore Zach Luczyk (2g) and Scott Rosenthal (1g,1a) led the way for Worcester, as did senior goaltender Nick Blanchette, who kicked out 24 of 26. Sophomore Will Lee (1g,1a) figured in both of Groton’s goals.

-- In a neutral site game at Phillips Exeter Academy, Hebron edged BB&N 3-2 on a third period goal by David Woods of Huntington Beach, California. Junior Calvin Ceglanski (1g,2a) of Boca Raton, Florida figured in all three of the Lumberjacks goals. Senior Keith MacDonald kicked out 27 of 29 shots for the win.

-- The Berwick at Brewster game was postponed due to problems with Berwick’s bus. 


South Kent Turns it On; Edges #2 Belmont Hill

Belmont, Mass. -- South Kent, trailing 2-0 with a little over five minutes left in the second, struck for four consecutive goals – two in the second, and a couple more in the third – and skated off with a 4-3 win over #2 Belmont Hill here tonight.

For Belmont Hill, undefeated until four days ago, it was their second straight loss.

South Kent came into the game 0-for-6 vs. Belmont Hill, including a 2-1 loss a few weeks back at the Belmont Hill/Nichols Tournament. They played Belmont Hill tough in that one, and they did again tonight, showing a strong transition game and hitting the Belmont zone with speed. The Mike Pereira-Jeff Silengo-Wade Megan line proved difficult for Belmont Hill to contain.

The first period didn’t really heat up until the final minutes, when there was a lot of end-to-end action. The tempo carried over to the second, with South Kent hustling and creating scoring opportunities but being denied by Belmont Hill junior goaltender Mike Condon.

It was Belmont Hill that struck first, notching a pair of goals a little over a minute apart, the first coming when Jack McNamara banged home a rebound at the 10:16 mark, and the second coming when Michael Blake made a nice pass out from behind the net to Brandon McNally, who knocked it past South Kent goaltender Tyler Scott at 11:38.

A little over a minute later, at 12:45, South Kent got on the board when John Tague tipped home a shot from above the right face-off circle by senior defenseman Dillon O’Hara.

A few minutes later, with his team on the power play, O’Hara took a pass from Megan and fired a bomb from the top of the left faceoff circle that Condon had no chance on. Tague also picked up an assist on the play, which came at the 15:16 mark.

South Kent had the edge in play in the second, outhustling their hosts.

The teams entered the third with the game tiedat 2-2. Condon made a nice early save on Tague, and Belmont Hill got a break when David BenMocha had the top corner picked, but missed the net.

South Kent, though, just kept skating and pressuring Belmont Hill. The go-ahead goal came when Megan cruised into the Belmont Hill zone and took a shot which hit Condon’s pad and rebounded to Pereira, who banged it home for a 3-2 South Kent lead 3:38 into the period.

South Kent made it 4-2 when Belmont Hill turned it over to Pereira. The sophomore from West Haven, Conn. skated it back into the zone, curled behind the net, and fed Jeff Silengo in front at the 14:07 mark.

At 15:15 of the third, Belmont Hill defenseman John Caldwell fired a low shot through a mass of players in front to cut the South Kent lead to 4-3.

South Kent’s Silengo was called for a hold with 1:11 left. With under a minute on the clock, Condon skated to the bench, giving Belmont Hill six skaters to South Kent’s four, but couldn’t get the scoring opportunity they were looking for.

Final shots on goal were 44-35, with South Kent having the edge.

"Belmont Hill is a tough team to play and their goalie is one of the best I've seen all year," said South Kent coach Geoff Marottolo, "but I thought we played a mature game tonight. We shortened our shifts in the third. Tyler Scott came up with some big saves. Our top six forwards just kept working. And Dillon O'Hara is one of the best defensemen around."


For today’s game, Belmont Hill was without forwards Mike O’Donnell (shoulder), Joe Tierney (shoulder) and Jason Silvia (ankle). South Kent was without forward Bill Silengo. 

In NEPSIHA Div. I play, South Kent started the season 1-3-1 but has gone 9-1-0 since, with the only loss the above-mentioned tournament loss to Belmont Hill on Dec. 30. Their strength of schedule is nothing special, but if they keep winning, and other teams knock each other off, Marotollo's road warriors could well be in the playoff hunt right to the end.  



Choate Comes Back Against Salisbury

Wallingford, Conn. – Choate spotted Salisbury an early 2-0 lead tonight, but rebounded and pulled out a 3-3 tie when senior forward Nick Stefanelli banged home a loose puck  with 1:45 left in regulation.

Early on, it looked like it might be a long game for the Wild Boars, who dozed through the first period.

Salisbury went up 1-0 at the 5:30 mark as sophomore Kyle Hughes skated it the length of the ice – no one really touched him – and, on a nice turnaround shot, beat Choate sophomore goaltender Nick BonDurant along the ice, stick side.

Just a few minutes later, at the 8:34 mark, Salisbury sophomore Shane Sooth followed up a shot by Hughes and banged home the rebound to make it 2-0.

At this point, Choate began to get into the flow of the game and, in the second period, their work paid dividends as senior forward Jamie Nudy ripped one high over the shoulder of Salisbury senior goalie Anthony Borelli to cut Salisbury’s lead to 2-1 at the 3:53 mark. 

Midway through the period, Bondurant made a great glove save on Salisbury sophomore Matt Nieto to keep it a one-goal game.

Choate tied the game at 2-2 on a power play goal, as junior Billy Rivellini tipped home the rebound of a Connor Goggin shot from the right point at 16:45. Nudy, who, along with the Goggin brothers, was a force for Choate all night, also picked up an assist on the goal. 

Things got a little testy in the waning seconds of the period. Salisbury's Danny Biega slashed Choate’s Mark Goggin with 14 seconds on the clock. At the buzzer, Choate’s Connor Goggin evened things up by slashing Sooth. The benches were warned.

Choate kept the pressure on in the third, but that changed when Choate forward Wes Rene was called for holding, putting Salisbury on the power play. And Salisbury capitalized, going up 3-2 when Jack Clayman got it to Adam Pawlick who put a shot on Bondurant from in close. Bondurant was unable to get full control of the rebound and Francois Drolet poked it home at the 6:01 mark.  

Shortly after, Salisbury had a chance to go up by two goals when Connor Goggin lost an edge, allowing Hughes to break in alone on BonDurant, who stoned him.

Choate had some golden chances to tie it as they carried the play in the third, one coming when Wes Rene hit a post.

Finally, 11 seconds after Salisbury had killed off an interference penalty on Biega, a shot was taken on Borelli. A horde of players converged on the net and just kept whacking away at the loose puck until finally Stefanelli banged it right inside the post on Borelli’s glove side for the game-tying goal with 1:45 remaining.

In overtime, a couple of penalties were called, on Choate’s Tyler Maloney for boarding and on Salibury’s Pawlick for a hit from behind, a rather dubious call in what was a very poorly officiated game. In the first period, no penalties at all were called, though several should have. The refs just swallowed the whistle. Then in the second, when the game became tighter, absolutely everything was called – 14 minors, to be precise. And it was actually a fairly clean game, except for a little unpleasantness at the end of the second.

As for OT, Choate had the edge again, and had one great chance when Mark Goggin cut across the slot with speed but lost a handle on the puck, as it slipped off his stick.

"I don’t think we came out ready to go,” said Choate head coach Patrick Dennehy afterward. “It was probably a hangover from an emotional game Saturday (a win over archrival Deerfield). We just didn’t come out of the gate hard.”

"But we adjusted and had a great second period and chipped our way back into the game. It was a good hockey game, and both teams played hard. Salisbury has some good young players. They’ll be a good team for quite awhile.”

On the other side of the rink, Salisbury head coach Matt Corkery said, “I thought we had moments when we really had it going but we weren’t consistent. Some of that is youth. We have to learn how to finish a game. That’s part of the growing process. When we do that we’ll have a pretty darn good team.”


Salisbury senior forward Paul Jaskot, the team’s second-leading scorer, suffered a leg fracture in Saturday’s loss to Kent and is out of action indefinitely. Senior forward Jeff Back is also out with an injury.



This Week's Schedule

Mon. Jan. 21, 2008:
St. Mary's Prep School @ Wyoming Seminary, 3:30 pm
Avon Old Farms @ Westminster, 4:00 pm
Holderness @ St. Paul's, 4:00 pm
Salisbury @ Choate, 5:00 pm
Kent @ Gunnery, 4:30 pm
Millbrook @ Canterbury, 5:30 pm
St. Thomas More @ Kingswood-Oxford, 5:45 pm

Tue. Jan. 22, 2008:
St. Mike's College @ St. Andrew's, 2:00 pm

Wed. Jan. 23, 2008:
Upper Canada College vs. De La Salle, 1:00 pm (@ University of Toronto)
Tilton @ Holderness, 1:30 pm
Avon Old Farms @ Loomis-Chaffee, 2:00 pm
Gunnery @ Salisbury, 2:30 pm
Kent @ Taft, 2:30 pm
Cushing @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 2:30 pm
Proctor @ Vermont Academy, 2:30 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Choate, 3:00 pm
Governor Dummer @ Lawrence, 3:30 pm
Worcester Academy @ Groton, 3:30 pm
New Hampton @ Middlesex, 3:30 pm
Berwick @ Brewster, 3:45 pm  postponed
Rivers @ Roxbury Latin, 3:45 pm
Lawrenceville @ Hill School, 4:00 pm
Thayer @ St. Paul's, 4:00 pm
Hebron vs. BB&N, 4:00 pm (@ Phillips Exeter)
Millbrook @ Williston-Northampton, 4:00 pm
North Yarmouth @ Kent's Hill, 4:00 pm
Winchendon @ Andover, 4:00 pm
Harvey @ Kingswood-Oxford, 4:00 pm
Pomfret @ Berkshire, 4:00 pm
South Kent @ Belmont Hill, 4:30 pm
Deerfield @ Westminster, 4:30 pm
Exeter @ Kimball Union, 4:30 pm
Noble & Greenough @ St. Sebastian's, 4:30 pm
Pingree @ Portsmouth Abbey, 6:00 pm
National Sports Academy @ SUNY Canton, 7:00 pm

Fri. Jan. 25, 2008:
Roxbury Latin @ Portsmouth Abbey, 3:45 pm
Hill School @ Germantown Academy, 4:00 pm
Academie St. Louis @ Holderness, 4:30 pm
Thayer @ St. Sebastian's, 4:30 pm
Millbrook @ Salisbury, 5:00 pm
Brewster @ Pingree, 5:00 pm
Noble & Greenough @ Rivers, 5:00 pm
Proctor @ Governor Dummer, 6:00 pm
Hoosac @ Hebron, 7:00 pm
Bridgton @ Laconia Leafs, 7:00 pm
Harvey @ North Yarmouth, 7:00 pm

Sat. Jan. 26, 2008:
Wyoming Seminary @ Hill School, 1:00 pm
Albany Academy @ Williston-Northampton, 2:00 pm
Harvey @ Dexter, 2:00 pm
South Kent vs. National Sports Academy, 2:00 pm (@ St. Lawrence)
Berwick @ Belmont Hill, 2:00 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Taft, 2:30 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ North Yarmouth, 2:45 pm
Middlesex @ Rivers, 2:45 pm
Kent @ Westminster, 3:00 pm
Holy Ghost @ Lawrenceville, 3:00 pm
Roxbury Latin @ Groton, 3:00 pm
Hoosac @ Brewster, 3:30 pm
St. Paul's @ Lawrence, 3:45 pm
Choate @ Avon Old Farms, 4:30 pm
Canterbury @ Pomfret, 4:30 pm
Northfield Mt. Hermon @ Tilton, 4:30 pm
Holderness vs. Salisbury, 5:00 pm (@ Harvard) (rescheduled from 1/27)
Vermont Academy @ Pingree, 5:00 pm
Andover @ Loomis-Chaffee, 5:00 pm
Cushing @ Exeter, 5:00 pm
Hotchkiss @ Deerfield, 6:00 pm
Winchendon @ Berkshire, 6:00 pm
Kent's Hill @ Hebron, 7:00 pm
Rye Country Day @ Worcester Academy, 8:00 pm (Buffone Arena)

Sun. Jan. 27, 2008:
Lawrenceville @ Taft, 12:00 pm
Canterbury @ Winchendon, 1:00 pm
Bridgton @ Stanstead College, 1:00 pm
South Kent @ Northwood, 1:15 pm
Albany Academy @ Millbrook, 2:00 pm
Tilton @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 2:00 pm

Mon. Jan. 28, 2008:
Westminster @ Williston-Northampton, 4:30 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Hotchkiss, 4:30 pm
Berkshire @ Salisbury, 4:30 pm
Holderness @ New Hampton, 6:00 pm (previously scheduled for 1/26)


Worcester Academy Still #1 in Div. II

Worcester Academy is once again a unanimous #1 in this week’s USHR Div. II Poll.

USHR Div. II Prep Poll -- 1/21/08



Avon Back on Top

Avon, #1 in the first USHR Div. I prep poll of the season, is back on top in this week’s poll.

Salisbury (Dec. 17-Jan. 7) and Belmont Hill (Jan. 14) held the top spot in the interim.

USHR Div. I Prep Poll -- 1/21/08



Kent, in OT, Avenges Loss

Kent, Conn. – In front of a standing room alumni weekend crowd, #4 Kent, on a Justin Daniels OT goal, defeated #3 Salisbury, 3-2.

Earlier in the season, back on Dec. 8, Salisbury, at their barn, handed Kent a 4-3 defeat. So there isn’t a lot that separates these two teams. Today the difference was Justin Daniels, who figured in all of Kent’s goals, scoring a pair and assisting on a third.

Today, Salisbury came out and dominated the first 8-9 minutes, only allowing Kent one shot on goal, which came just 30 seconds in. Happily for Kent, they scored on it as Drew Daniels threw it out from the corner and twin brother Justin one-timed it past Salisbury senior goalie Anthony Borelli to put Kent up 1-0. Kent gained back a territorial edge late in the second, but couldn’t build on their lead. Shots for the period ended up 9-9.

In the second, Salisbury’s Francois Drolet, a Brown recruit, scored a power play goal to tie things up at 1-1 at the 6:03 mark. Kent, though, came right back a little over five minutes later when, on a 5x3, they tic-tac-toed the puck around nicely before Daniels took a shot and Danny Colvin tapped home the rebound.

Less than a minute after that, at 12:30, Salisbury scored a shorthanded goal when sophomore Shane Sooth came down the right side, cut to the center and beat Kent goalie Mike Milana with a quick release snap shot from the slot that hit the post and went in.

It was a 2-2 game entering the third, an exciting period in which Salisbury had the edge in play, and both teams played hard, well, and physically. However, neither team scored.

In OT, Salisbury had a great chance when Kent turned it over at their blue line and Clarkson recruit Adam Pawlick streaked in alone on a breakaway only to be stoned by Milana.

On the winning goal, which came at 2:29 of overtime, Salisbury’s Borelli made the initial save on a shot from the high slot by Drew Daniels. The puck hit his chest and dropped in front of him. Justin Daniels, streaking to the net, poked it home, and Kent had a 3-2 win.


Sat. Jan. 19 Recaps

-- At Belmont, Mass., #1 Belmont Hill suffered their first defeat of the season, falling 6-2 to St. Paul’s. See full story below.

-- At Kent, Conn., #4 Kent edged #3 Salisbury, 3-2 in OT. See full story below.

-- At Albany, NY, senior Chris Connors (3g,3a) had a hand in all six Albany Academy goals in a 6-5 OT win over Pomfret. This game had a total of 116 shots – 60 by Albany; 56 by Pomfret.

-- At Sheffield, Mass., #2 Avon Old Farms beat #7 Berkshire, 6-4. Cam Atkinson had five points for the Winged Beavers on three goals – the last an empty-netter – and two assists. Stefan Demopoulos (4a) and Pat Mullane (1g,2a) also had big days for Avon.

-- At Greenwich, Conn., the Hill School edged host Brunswick, 4-3. PG Ryan Knopf (2g,1a) led the Hill attack. Senior J.E. Oberbeck (1g,2a) figured in all three Brunswick goals.

-- At Watertown, Conn., Taft got goals from five different goal scorers in a 5-3 win over Canterbury. Sophomore Steve Racine kicked out 19 of 22 shots in the Rhino cage.

-- At Southborough, Mass., Pingree blanked host St. Mark’s, 5-0. Ben MacLaughlin (2g), Matt Spurling (1g,1a), and Matt MacDonald (2a) led the way for Pingree.

-- At New Hampton, in a big Div. II tilt, New Hampton got goals from four different scorers in a 4-3 win over Hebron. Junior goalie Pat Dunn kicked out 27 of 30 for the win.

-- At Williams College, #5 Hotchkiss edged #6 Exeter, 1-0, on a goal by junior Brian Infante. This was a goaltenders' game, though, with Ryan Purdy (25/26) and John Yanchek (29/29) going head-to-head.

-- At Washington, Conn., host Gunnery won their fourth straight, edging Williston, 6-5. Sophomore Thane Heller (1g,2a) led the way for Gunnery. PG John Lessard (1g,2a) was Williston’s top gun. There were a lot of shots in this game – 45 Williston, and 50 by Gunnery.   

-- At Andover, Mass., host Phillips Andover picked up their third straight win, blanking Nobles, 3-0, behind 36 saves from junior goaltender Glenn Stowell. Sophomore Chris Kreider had a pair of goals. There was a dustup at the end, but no players received game misconducts.

-- At Needham, Mass., St. Sebastian’s junior forward Steve Rogers scored a third period goal to lift the Arrows to a 2-2 tie with Governor Dummer. Freshman Don McGuirl had 17 shots for St. Seb’s; junior Dom Malerba kicked out 27 for the Governors.

-- At Pawling, NY, host Trinity-Pawling defeated St. George’s, 4-1. Senior Clark DeGeer had a pair of goals and senior goaltender Colin Bessey kicked out 25 of 26.

-- At Gill, Mass., sophomore defenseman Khifer O’Connor of Pembroke, Ont. scored at 14:25 of the third period to lift Lawrenceville to a 3-2 win over host Northfield-Mt. Hermon.

-- At Wallingford, Conn, #9 Choate got a goal from Jamie Nudy with 1:48 left in regulation to edge #8 Deerfield. Sophomore goaltender Nick BonDurant kicked out 37 of 39 shots for the win. For the Wild Boars, the victory avenges a 2-1 Dec. 8 loss at Deerfield. Choate won this game without Mark Goggin, who had to sit out after incurring a game misconduct for a hit from behind in Wednesday’s loss to Berkshire.

-- At Ashburnham, Mass., South Kent edged Cushing Academy, 4-3. Defenseman Dillon O'Hara broke a 2-2 tie with a pair of third period goals and senior goaltender Tyler Scott kicked out 39 of 42 shots.

-- At Harvard University, Catholic Memorial and the Academy of Holy Angels (Richfield, Minn.) battled to a 2-2 tie. It’s not exactly a prep game, but it was of interest to us, so we’re just passing it along. Holy Angels junior center Danny Mattson, a University of North Dakota recruit, scored both Holy Angels goals, the first a shorthanded tally just 14 seconds into the game. Just six seconds after that, CM's Mike Collins tied things up with a power play goal. Shane Walsh would score CM's other goal. Tim Conlin had 19 saves for CM; Michael Webb had 25 for Holy Angels.  


The Lowdown on the Uploads

Every season, we get requests from readers asking us to change information in the box scores on this site, i.e. assists, goals, saves… the expected stuff.

We hate to see people wasting their time, and we also hate to waste our time in replying, so every couple of years we take a few minutes to explain how things work in this regard.

The basic thing to know is this: all the numbers you see in the scoring leaders and goaltending leaders and standings are updated dynamically -- nothing is done by hand. At the conclusion of a game, both coaches get a game sheet. One or the other – generally the coach of the home team – will directly upload the information, electronically, to the U.S. Hockey Report. When they have filled out the electronic template and clicked ‘submit’ it instantaneously appears on the site. The first time that you see it is also the first time we see it.

We do not change information in box scores. We consider the prep coaches to be the owners – maybe trustees would be the better word -- of their team’s box scores. We trust

they’ve made an effort to insure that the information they have entered is correct. For their part, the prep coaches know that we don’t mess with their box scores. To do so would be to overstep our bounds.

So, if you are absolutely 100% certain that there is a mistake, please contact the coach, though we make this suggestion advisedly, as most coaches really hate to hear from parents on the subject of their child being screwed out of an assist. In most cases, it’s the referees who got it wrong in the first place. At any rate, the coach, if he agrees that a mistake has been made, can go back in and make a correction to any box score of any game his team is involved in. 

There are only two scenarios under which we at USHR will make corrections. If a coach is on the road and can’t get to a computer to correct an obvious error, we will do it, but only if the coach asks us directly. The other time we will go into a box score is when there is a technical problem. For example, on occasion a coach may accidentally hit the ‘submit’ button twice when posting a box score. When this happens, all the statistical info for that particular game gets doubled in the scoring/goaltending leaders! We appreciate it when eagle-eyed readers report such discrepancies to us. If there are double submits we can easily confirm it, and correct it.

Sometimes, a coach might put the shots on goal in the save box, and vice versa, which produces wonky numbers that are painfully and obviously wrong. We’ll change that without a coach’s permission. Here’s an example of something else that we will change: last week a coach entered, for the times of goals, the time remaining in the period instead of time elapsed, meaning every goal in the game was displayed in reverse order. When this was brought to our attention, we immediately changed it.

Anyway, we hope that explains a few things. The things we will correct are technical errors. We things we do not mess with are goals, assists, and saves. A system such as this depends on trust, not just between us and the coaches, but between us and our readers. We will not compromise that.



Lawrence Giveth; Nobles Taketh Away

Dedham, Mass. – A Billy Arnold goal at 3:32 of overtime gave host Noble & Greenough a 5-4 win over Lawrence Academy here tonight.

Early on, it looked like LA was going to take this one in a cakewalk. The first ten plus minutes of the game was all Lawrence. Nobles sophomore goalie Billy Burchill was struggling, his teammates were just standing around watching, and the home fans were so quiet you could have heard an orchid grow.

Lawrence top gun Steven Whitney scored just 41 seconds into the game to make it 1-0. A little over six minutes later a Scott Shiner shot hit Burchill’s shoulder and popped behind him into the net to make it 2-0. A couple minutes after that Whitney made a nice pass across the top of the crease to John McInnis, who banged it past Burchill to make it 3-0. And then Lawrence went on the power play, with a chance to go up 4-0.

It didn’t happen, and things would quickly turn the other way. Almost immediately, Whitney took an ill-advised offensive zone penalty – the call was for a slash, but it looked like a spear to these eyes – and Nobles started their comeback with a power play goal, with Princeton recruit Derek Pallis taking it down the right side and getting it out front for Matt Marshall, who banged it past Lawrence goalie Matt Walsh at the 13:44 mark. It was now a two-goal game.

A little over two minutes later Nobles’ Ben Wiggins, working hard on the forecheck, broke up LA’s attempt to clear the zone. Marshall got the loose puck and moved it to Andrew Glass who winged a shot past a startled Walsh. It was now a one-goal game.

With 31 seconds left in the first period, Lawrence junior defenseman Micah Williams was given a major and a game for a hit from behind. The penalty carried over into the second period and, 2:43 in, a Kevin Hayes shot from the left point was directed home by Mark Hourhihan.  

Poof. It took Lawrence ten minutes to gain a three-goal lead, and it took them ten minutes to give it up.

Nobles, energized, continued to carry the play in the second period. With 6:42 left Whitney was called for interference, yapped, and was tagged with a misconduct. Lawrence’s star forward would be missing from the equation until well into the third period.

However, after killing off the minor, Lawrence scored, with freshman Michael Jamieson finding daylight with a bad angle shot and beating Burchill from the bottom of the left faceoff circle. With 4:20 left in the second, a period in which Nobles would outshoot LA 12-4, it was Lawrence that had a 4-3 lead.

In the third, Nobles tied it up at 4-4 when Wiggins, a sophomore from Cambridge, got the puck to Glass, who buried it at the 1:04 mark. It was Glass’ second goal of the game, and Wiggins’ second assist.

Several minutes later Whitney returned to the ice for Lawrence. While Nobles continued to carry the play, neither team would score.

In overtime, Nobles’ Hourihan was called for tripping 57 seconds in – but his teammates managed to kill the penalty off. Back at even strength with the clock ticking down under two minutes, Marshall, from behind the Lawrence net, spotted Arnold out in front, and put it on the freshman’s stick. Arnold didn’t miss, and quickly found himself at the bottom of a happy – and relieved -- pile of players.

For Marshall, the assist was his third point of the day.

For the game, Nobles outshot Lawrence, 34-29.

“We didn’t come out well,” said Nobles coach Brian Day afterward. “I was disappointed with our level of intensity in the first half of the first period.”

“But this was a good character win. There were numerous power plays that we had to kill. We showed a real commitment in both getting the puck to the net and at minimizing second chances. Those are the things we need to commit to on a nightly basis.

Lawrence coach Kevin Potter was not thrilled at seeing this one disappear. “Our goal was not to take unnecessary penalties,” he said. “We had ‘em 3-0 and we were playing lights out and then we put them on the power play and they score and it gives them a little energy.”

“We didn’t give ourselves the best chance to win this game.” 



Wed. Jan. 16 Recaps

-- At Concord, NH, St. Paul’s topped Nobles 6-3 behind a four-point performance (3g,1a) from junior Alex Davidson of South Burlington, Vt. Other big contributors for SPS were Jason Bourgea (1g,2a), Ben Albertson (2a), and Sam Courcelles (2a). Senior Andrew Peabody stopped 23 of 26 shots for the win.

-- At Groton, Mass., Lawrence topped BB&N, 6-2. Wayne Simpson (2g), Steven Whitney (1g,1a), Jason Molle (1g,1a), and Charlie Carkin (1g,1a) led the LA attack. Sophomore Dan Mazzei notched a pair of goals for BB&N and senior Chris Venti kicked out 51 of 57 shots in a losing effort.

-- Sophomore Mike Pereira scored with 56 seconds remaining in regulation to lift South Kent to a 6-5 win over Williston-Northampton. SKS junior forward Jeff Silengo had a game to remember, scoring five points (3g,2a), and junior Wade Megan (1g,2a) had a big day as well. Phil Bronner had a pair of goals for Williston.

-- At Lakeville, Conn., Kent blanked host Hotchkiss, 4-0, with Brian Dowd and Mike Milana combining for a shutout (20 total saves). Justin Daniels (2g,1a), Danny Colvin (1g,1a), Lucas Chavira-Schra (1g,1a), and Drew Daniels (2a) led the Kent attack.

-- At Windsor, Conn., PG forward Zach Williams of Princeton, NJ scored a third period goal to give Taft a 5-4 win over host Loomis-Chaffee. Taft outshot Loomis, 46-24 but Loomis junior goalie Craig Naclerio stopped 41 shots in a losing effort. Taft forwards C.M. Liotta (2g), Andrew Balysky (2a), and Robbie Bourdon (1g,1a) each had two points. For Loomis, PG Justin Kochan (2g,1a) led the way offensively. Paul Gallagher (1g,1a), Jordan Cicarello (2a), and Joe Giordano (2a) chipped in with two points apiece.

-- At Kingston, PA, a second period goal by Alfred Graves lifted the Hill School to a 1-0 win over Wyoming Seminary. Senior goalie Stefan Carouge kicked out 33 shots for the shutout.

-- At Gill, Mass., Avon Old Farms defeated NMH, 8-2. Paul Lee (2g,1a), Danny New (1g,2a), Cam Atkinson (1g,1a), Blake Forkey (1g,1a), and Pat Mullane (2a) led the Winged Beavers attack. Avon junior goaltender Parker Milner kicked out 22 of 24 shots for the win.

-- Berkshire went on the road and picked up a big win at Choate, coming out on top, 6-3. Chris Buonomo (2g), Nick Prockow (2a), Kevin Sullivan (2a), Chris McCarthy (1g,1a), and Justin Agosta (1g,1a) each had two points for the Bears. Charlie Ogalin stopped 21 shots for the win.

-- At New Milford, Conn, Westminster took an early 3-0 lead but allowed host Canterbury to come back and steal a 3-3 tie. PG Ryan Garvin was the difference, kicking out 28 of 31 for Canterbury.

-- At Marion, Mass., on the shores of Buzzards Bay, host Tabor upended Exeter, 5-3. as sophomore goaltender Robert Kang stopped 25 of 28 shots. Drew Jelinek (1g,1a), Trevor Pawliczka (1g,1a), Jayson Megna (1g,1a), Wyatt Clarke (1g,1a), and Eric Czapka (2a) each had two points for the Seawolves.

-- Junior goalie Craig Ryan stopped 28 of 29 shots to lead Hebron to a 4-1 road win at Pingree. Juniors Andrew Cetola (1g,2a) and Chad Goodwin (2g,1a) led the Hebron attack.

-- At Washington, Conn., host Gunnery knocked off Millbrook, 8-2. Mike Dolman (2g,1a), Colby MacDonald (4a), Nick Izzi (1g,2a), Billy Sanborn (1g,1a), Shane Gorman (1g,2a), and Jeff Buvinow (1g,1a) led the Gunnery attack. Gunnery outshot Millbrook 50-25. Soph Alex Vazzano stopped 23 to get the W for Gunnery. Senior Kirk Baldo scored both of Millbrook’s goals.

-- At Pawling, NY, Salisbury junior forward Adam Pawlick scored a pair of goals to lead his team to a 3-1 win over host T-P. Senior Anthony Borelli stopped 11 of 12 shots for the win. T-P senior Colin Bessey stopped 37 of 40 in a losing effort.

-- At West Roxbury, Mass., a goal by Ryan Whooley with 43 seconds remaining broke a 1-1 tie. Roxbury Latin would add an empty-netter and skate off with a 3-1 win over Middlesex. Junior Brad Barone had 20 saves for Roxbury Latin. Senior Joe Delaney stopped 38 of 40 but was tagged with the loss for Middlesex.

-- At Brookline, Mass., host Dexter battled Brooks to a 2-2 tie. Senior Kyle Danehy had 32 saves for Dexter; senior Aaron Stanely had 24 for Brooks.

-- At Babson College, Cushing blanked Thayer, 7-0. Josh Bernard (3g,3a), Torin Snydeman (1g,5a), and Jessyko Bernard (1g,3a) each had huge afternoons for the Penguins. T.J. Massie picked up a 17-save shutout.

-- At Milton, Mass., host Milton broke out to a 2-0 first period lead behind a goal and an assist from junior Jay Haseley, but GDA came back with a pair and the teams had to settle for a 2-2 tie. Milton junior goalie Thomas Tysowsky of Buffalo, NY stopped 39 of 41, while GDA sophomore Luke Montoni of Newburyport, Mass. stopped 23 of 25.

-- Host Andover trounced St. Sebastian’s 7-1 behind sophomore Chris Kreider, who had four goals and an assist, and junior goaltender Glenn Stowell, who stopped 27 of 28 shots. Seniors Andrew Cox (3a), J.J. McGregor (1g,1a), and Bobby Farnham (2a) all helped the Andover cause.

-- At Wolfeboro, NH, Stefan Lutzenkirchen scored his second goal of the game late in the third period to lift Brewster to a 4-4 tie with Vermont Academy. Other offensive contributors for Brewster included Trip Finneran (2a) and Josh Hamlin (1g,1a). For Vermont Academy, Brian Gibbons (1g,1a), William Weimar (1g,1a), and Sergiy Laptyev (2a) each had a couple points.

-- Deerfield went on the road, heading up Rte. 91 and blanking Kimball Union, 4-0, behind a 16-save shutout from Matthew Delaney. Junior Antoine Laganiere (1g,2a), senior Dan Bartus (2a) and sophomore D John Rose (2a) led the Big Green attack. Deerfield goalie Michael Dizgun is out with a groin injury – that’s why you haven’t seen him in the net lately – or in the box scores here.

-- Tilton, playing at home, defeated Stanstead College, 6-2. PG Adam Shamansky (3g,2a) of Robbinsville, NJ had a big night for the Rams. Mike Tiano (1g,2a) added three points of his own.

-- At Middletown, RI, host St. George’s got goals from three different scorers and Sean O’Brien kicked out 22 shots as the Dragons topped Hoosac 3-1.

-- Host Winchendon topped Pomfret 6-3. Ivan Oliinyk (2g,2a), Ben Weston (1g,2a), Kevin Gagnon (2g), Pat Webber (1g,1a) and Ben Grimes (2a) led the Winchendon attack.

-- Host New Hampton edged Berwick, 3-2 on a third period goal by senior Casey Shaughnessy, his second of the game to go along with an assist. Senior Kyle Stewardson had a goal and an assist. Junior Pat Dunn kicked out 28 shots for the win.


This Week's Schedule

Mon. Jan. 14, 2008:
Holderness @ Exeter, 4:45 pm
Berkshire @ Hotchkiss, 4:45 pm
Gunnery @ Trinity-Pawling, 4:45 pm
Millbrook @ Westminster, 5:00 pm
Portsmouth Abbey @ BB&N, 6:00 pm -- postponed to tomorrow at 6:00 pm

Wed. Jan. 16, 2008:
Exeter @ Tabor, 2:00 pm
Kent @ Hotchkiss, 2:30 pm
Taft @ Loomis-Chaffee, 2:30 pm
Westminster @ Canterbury, 3:00 pm
Pomfret @ Winchendon, 3:00 pm
BB&N @ Lawrence, 3:00 pm
Vermont Academy @ Brewster, 3:15 pm
Cushing vs. Thayer, 3:30 pm (at Babson College)
Iona Prep @ Harvey, 3:30 pm
Williston-Northampton @ South Kent, 3:30 pm
Brooks @ Dexter, 3:30 pm
Middlesex @ Roxbury Latin, 3:45 pm
Salisbury @ Trinity-Pawling, 4:00 pm
Berkshire @ Choate, 4:00 pm
Noble & Greenough @ St. Paul's, 4:00 pm
St. Mark's @ Worcester Academy, 4:00 pm
Avon Old Farms @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 4:00 pm
Millbrook @ Gunnery, 4:00 pm
Deerfield @ Kimball Union, 4:15 pm
Hill School @ Wyoming Seminary, 4:15 pm
Hebron @ Pingree, 4:30 pm
Rivers @ Proctor, 4:30 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ Groton, 5:00 pm
Stanstead College @ Tilton, 5:00 pm
Governor Dummer @ Milton, 5:00 pm
Berwick @ New Hampton, 5:15 pm
St. Sebastian's @ Andover, 5:15 pm
Worcester Academy @ North Yarmouth, 5:30 pm

Thu. Jan. 17, 2008:
Brunswick @ Rye Country Day, 4:00 pm

Fri. Jan. 18, 2008:
Brewster @ Kimball Union, 3:45 pm
Roxbury Latin @ Pingree, 4:00 pm
Vermont Academy @ New Hampton, 4:00 pm
North Yarmouth @ Berwick, 4:00 pm
Andover @ Thayer, 5:00 pm
Lawrence @ Noble & Greenough, 5:30 pm
Governor Dummer @ Cushing, 6:00 pm
Brooks @ Rivers, 6:00 pm
Lawrenceville @ Belmont Hill, 7:00 pm
Upper Canada College vs. Ridley College, 7:00 pm (at St. Michael's Arena)
St. Thomas More @ Harvey, 7:00 pm
Kent's Hill @ Brunswick, 7:00 pm
BB&N @ Milton, 7:00 pm
Loyola Academy @ Shady Side Academy, 7:30 pm
Worcester Academy @ Kingswood-Oxford, 8:00 pm
St. Andrew's @ Nichols, 8:00 pm
National Sports Academy @ Binghamton Senators, 8:15 pm

Sat. Jan. 19, 2008:
Loyola Academy @ Shady Side Academy, 11:00 am
Kent's Hill @ Rye Country Day, 1:00 pm
Winchendon @ Millbrook, 2:00 pm
Pomfret @ Albany Academy, 2:00 pm
Middlesex @ Groton, 2:00 pm
Milton @ Thayer, 2:00 pm
Salisbury @ Kent, 2:00 pm
St. Andrew's @ Ridley College, 2:00 pm
Avon Old Farms @ Berkshire, 2:30 pm
St. Paul's @ Belmont Hill, 2:30 pm
Governor Dummer @ St. Sebastian's, 3:00 pm
Tilton @ Kimball Union, 3:00 pm
Williston-Northampton @ Gunnery, 3:00 pm
Canterbury @ Taft, 4:00 pm
Hoosac @ St. Thomas More, 4:00 pm
Hill School @ Brunswick, 4:00 pm
St. George's @ Trinity-Pawling, 4:00 pm
Noble & Greenough @ Andover, 4:30 pm
Hebron @ New Hampton, 4:45 pm
Lawrenceville @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 5:00 pm
South Kent @ Cushing, 5:00 pm
Pingree @ St. Mark's, 5:00 pm
Portsmouth Abbey @ Vermont Academy, 5:00 pm
Dexter @ North Yarmouth, 5:30 pm
Proctor @ Lawrence, 5:45 pm
Exeter vs. Hotchkiss, 6:00 pm (at Williams College)
Deerfield @ Choate, 6:30 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Westminster, 7:00 pm
Stanstead College @ Northwood B, 7:00 pm
National Sports Academy @ Binghamton Senators, 8:15 pm
Loyola Academy @ Gilmour, 8:30 pm

Sun. Jan. 20, 2008:
Loyola Academy @ Gilmour, 10:00 am
Stanstead College @ Northwood B, 11:00 am
Pope John @ Hill School, 1:00 pm
Northfield Mt. Hermon @ Taft, 1:00 pm
Pomfret @ Deerfield, 1:00 pm
Winchendon @ Bridgton, 1:00 pm
Gunnery @ Albany Academy, 2:00 pm
Shady Side Academy @ Gilmour Academy, 7:15 pm


No Longer Unbeaten, But Still #1

Worcester Academy, upset by North Yarmouth Academy on Saturday, has fallen from the ranks of the unbeaten, but, by the slimmest of margins, holds onto the top spot in this week’s USHR Div. II prep poll.

USHR Div. II Prep Poll; week of Jan. 14, 2008



Sat. Jan. 12 Recaps

-- At Avon Conn., host Avon Old Farms topped Kent, 4-2. Scroll down for full game story.

Hotchkiss went on the road and blanked Loomis, 3-0, scoring a 5x3 goal, a power play goal, and a short-handed goal. Middlebury recruit John Yanchek kicked out all 14 shots he faced for the shutout.

-- Host Milton Academy blanked Middlesex, 4-0, with junior Michael Baldino earning the shutout on 13 saves. Geoff Mucha (1g,2a), Ryan Edwards (2g), and Adam Zacuto (2a) led the scoring for the Mustangs, who poured 51 shots on Middlesex goalie Joe Delaney.

-- Host Deerfield topped Trinity-Pawling, 5-2. Alex Killorn (1g,2a), John Rose (1g,2a), Andrew Ammon (1g,1a), Cody Skinner (1g,1a), Antoine Laganiere (1g,1a), and Evan Dugdale (2a) led the Big Green scorers. Chris Gherlone stopped 21 shots for Deerfield; Colin Bessey stopped 50 for T-P.

-- At Salisbury, Conn., a Kyle Quick goal with 17 seconds remaining in regulation lifted host Salisbury to a 2-2 tie with Westminster. Clarkson recruit Adam Pawlick (1g,1a) figured in both Salisbury goals. Charles Corsi stopped 28 shots for Westy; Andy Iles stopped 14 for Salisbury.

-- Host Lawrence topped Thayer, 6-2. John McInnis (2g), Wayne Simpson (3a), and Logan Gillis (1g,1a) led the LA attack.

-- Junior Brad Kushner stopped 39 of 41 shots to lead host Lawrenceville past CEGEP Sainte-Foy, 3-2.

-- Host Berkshire had no problem with Williston-Northampton, taking a 9-3 decision today in Sheffield, Mass. Matt Rappaport (1g,3a), Nick Prockow (2g,1a), Kyle Lockwood (2g), Rich Pallai (2g) and Chris Buonomo (1g,1a) led the Bears attack.

-- Holderness went on the road and topped NMH, 6-2, as sophomore goaltender Jack Saba kicked out 25 of 27 shots to earn the win. Anthony Mezzagno (1g,1a), Josh Lindgren (1g,1a), Nick Neron (1g,1a), and Ben Magnan (2a) each had two points for the victors.

-- Junior goalie Michael Furlong stopped 24 of 25 shots to lead Brunswick to a 4-1 road win over Vermont Academy. J.E. Oberbeck and Ben Weisburger each had a goal and an assist.

-- Host Exeter edged Andover, 2-1, in the gazillionth meeting of these ancient rivals. Difference-makers were Exeter senior goalie Ryan Purdy, who stopped 34 of 35 shots; Tommy Clayton, who scored both goals; and Charlie Brewer, who assisted on both of them.

-- Host Pomfret topped the Millbrook School, 4-1. PG’s Bryan Kelly (2g,1a), Cam Clark (3a), and Ryan Davenport (2a) led the way offensively for Pomfret.

-- At Byfield, Mass., senior Sam Choate notched a hat trick and junior goaltender Mike Condon stopped all 24 shots he faced to lead undefeated Belmont Hill to a 5-0 blanking of Governor’s Academy. Connor Brickley had a goal and an assist for the Hillies.

-- At Concord, NH, host St. Paul’s topped St. Sebastian’s, 7-4, with senior Ben Albertson (2g,3a) figuring in five of the goals. Senior Jason Bourgea (1g,2a) and sophomore Sam Courcelles (1g,1a) also had big days for St. Paul’s. The St. Seb’s attack was led by senior Michael Hoban (4a), senior D Tucker Donahoe (1g,1a), and junior Steven Rogers (2g).

-- St. George’s went on the road and trounced Groton, 8-1. Nick Carrellas (2g,2a), Jeff Ryan (1g,3a), Mike Violette (1g,3a), and Kevin Shelton (1g,3a) each had four points for the Dragons. 

-- At West Roxbury, Mass., Roxbury Latin beat Brooks, 4-1. Seniors Sean McCarthy (1g,2a), Richie Iskra (1g,2a), and Ryan Whooley (1g,1a) led the way offensively. Junior goalie Brad Barone kicked out 29 shots for the win.

-- Cushing Academy, which topped Deerfield 7-6 on Friday night at home, went on the road today and scored another seven, topping Tilton, 7-3. Brian Maguire had a hat trick for Cushing. Jessyko Bernard (1g,1a), Zach Bradanick (2a), Neil Lavanchy (2a), Casey Brugman (2a), Sean Whitney (2a), and Josh Bernard (2a) each had two points. Mike Tiano had a pair of goals for Tilton, and Adam Shemansky had a pair of assists.

--  At Washington, Conn., host Gunnery, behind a 29 save effort from Vermont recruit John Vazzano, edged Winchendon, 2-1. Senior goaltender Raphael Rossy of Geneva, Switzerland was the hard-luck loser, kicking out 44 of 46 shots for Winchendon.

-- Junior forward Mark Goggin scored four goals – that would be all of them -- and sophomore Nick BonDurant stopped all 32 shots he faced to lead host Choate to a 4-0 win over Taft.

-- At Wolfeboro, NH, Brewster and Hebron battled to a 1-1 tie. Junior Philip Kagstedt stopped 30 for Brewster; junior Craig Ryan stopped 23 for Hebron.

-- At Portsmouth, RI, New Hampton defeated host Portsmouth Abbey, 4-2. Junior Kyle Zubler (2g), senior Pat Shortt (1g,1a), and freshman Christian Kader (2a) each had two points for the winners.

-- At Cambridge, Mass., sophomore Ben Mazzei (1g,3a) had four points and junior Joe Papa stopped all 19 shots he faced as BB&N kept St. Mark’s winless with a 9-0 victory.    

-- At South Berwick, Maine, host Berwick Academy blanked Kingswood-Oxford, 3-0. Sophomore Casey DeSmith got the shutout on 16 saves. Josh Richards (2g), Chris Atwood (2a), and Kyle riffe (2a) led the Berwick attack. K-O junior Andrew Boyce stopped 28 of 31 in a losing effort.

-- Host North Yarmouth knocked Worcester Academy from the ranks of the undefeated with a 4-1 win. Graham Bartlett (2g,1a) and Kyle Williams (1g,1a) led the NYA attack. In net, sophomore goalie Brian Billet stopped 24 of the 25 shots he faced.

Stanstead College Invitational Results, Jan. 11-13

Fri. Jan. 11:
Kents Hill 6, Rye CD 2
Stanstead 9, King's-Edgehill 1
Appleby 4, Rye CD 3

Sat. Jan. 12:
Kents Hill 4, Kings-Edgehill 2
Stanstead 7, Appleby 2
Rye CD 3, Kings-Edgehill 1
Stanstead 2, Kents Hill 2
Appleby 5, Kings-Edgehill 1
Stanstead 6, Rye CD 1

Sun. Jan. 13:
Kents Hill 6, Appleby 1

Championship game:
Stanstead 3, Kents Hill 2


A New #1 in USHR Div. I Poll

Undefeated Belmont Hill School (12-0-2 in NEPSIHA Div. I games) takes over the top spot in this week's poll, with Avon Old Farms (12-1-0) right behind, footsteps pounding.

USHR Div. I Prep Poll; week of Jan. 14


Kent Drops Heartbreaker

Avon, Conn. – Four weeks ago today, in the Avon Christmas Classic championship game, Kent handed Avon its only loss of the season, knocking off the Winged Beavers, 6-2.

With a lucky break or two, Kent might have done it again here today. Instead, the big break went to Avon as, with the game tied at 2-2, a Kent turnover with 4:25 remaining quickly wound up in the back of the net. Avon would add an empty netter several minutes later to make it a 4-2 final. 

But let’s go back to the first period, when Avon got on the board with a pair of quick strikes. On the first, a power play goal, Paul Lee moved the puck out to the point, where Lee Moffie took the shot, and Patrick Mullane knocked the rebound past Kent senior goaltender Mike Milana. Ten seconds later, Cam Atkinson made a nice goalmouth pass to Lee, who tapped it home. 2-0 Avon… very quickly at that.

Kent didn’t cave, though, and in the second came out with conviction. The game really began to heat up, with good end-to-end play, great saves at both ends, and a lot of hitting. As the halfway point of the period approached Avon was on a power play and putting a ton of pressure on Milana, blasting away in an effort to go up 3-0. Instead, Kent got a breakaway the other direction, as John Passantino got it to Chris Buquicchio who had a clean breakaway and buried it, beating Avon junior goaltender Max Fenkell for a shorthanded goal at the 8:58 mark.

Suddenly, Kent, trailing just 2-1, was back in the game, and keeping up the pressure.

In the final minute of the period, Avon got called for a pair of penalties giving Kent a 5x3. Kent couldn’t do anything with it in the final 55 seconds of the period.

But, at the 1:03 mark of the third, with just two seconds remaining on the two-man advantage, Kent forward Danny Colvin, manning the right point on the power play, took a pass from senior Drew Daniels and drilled a shot that beat Fenkell cleanly. Suddenly it was a 2-2 game.

Shortly afterward, Avon had a 5x3 advantage of their own, but couldn’t convert. The game was looking like it might be headed toward overtime when Kent junior defenseman Ben Iwanowski curled behing his net and his clearing pass – a bit too much up the middle – was picked off alertly by Avon senior forward Mike DiMare who quickly flipped it into the top of the net to make it 3-2 Avon with 4:25 remaining.

With one second remaining Avon junior Pat Mullane scored an empty netter.

“I feel happy to come out with a W because it was a 2-2 game and we got a break,” said Avon head coach John Gardner. “I thought we played hard. I don’t fault our effort. They are a tough hockey team.”

Kent head coach Matt Herr said, “That was a good hockey game. It was a shame it had to end the way it did, but that was a fun prep game to watch.”

Asked about the change between the first and second periods, Herr said, “Our guys realized that our first period wasn’t good enough, but they didn’t fold their tent. They kept working, playing hard.”

“We’re still learning how to do things at a high level every day. If we are going to get to the next level we have to beat teams like this. Avon is a very good hockey team, one of the best in New England, so it’s a very good test for our kids. We’re in the ballpark.”



Wed. Jan. 9 Recaps

-- At Concord, NH, St. Paul’s and Milton Academy battled to a 0-0 tie. The stars were Milton junior Tom Tysowsky (41 saves) and SPS senior Andrew Peabody (22 saves). St. Paul’s hasn’t allowed a goal in its three Keller Div. games thus far. By the way -- between preps and college -- we’ve seen what strikes us as a larger than normal number of 0-0 games this season.

-- At Avon, Conn., Avon Old Farms topped Hotchkiss, 6-1. See below for full story. 

At Wallingford, Conn., host Choate got goals from five different scorers and sophomore goaltender Nick Bondurant bounced back from Sunday’s loss to Exeter, kicking out 23 of 24 in Choate’s 5-1 win over Canterbury.

-- At Simsbury, Conn., host Westminster edged Taft, 3-2, as senior D Tommy Cross (2g,1a) figured in all three Martlet goals. Junior goalie Charles Corsi of Rosemere, Que. kicked out 32 of 34 shots for the win. Taft outshot Westminster, 34-23.

-- At Kent, Conn., host Kent knocked off Trinity-Pawling, 6-2. Danny Colvin (4g), Justin Daniels (4a) and Drew Daniels (3a) led the Kent attack. Senior goaltender Brian Dowd kicked out 32 shots.

-- At Kents Hill, Maine, senior Josh Goellner scored the game’s only goal and junior goalie Brian Fleming kicked out all 17 shots he faced as Kents Hill edged Brewster, 1-0. Brewster goaltender Philip Kagsted, a junior from Sweden, kicked out 28 of 29 shots but was tagged with the loss. Hey, he’s come a great distance, get him some goals.    

-- Host Exeter topped KUA, 4-1. Jamie Core had a pair of goals and Ryan Purdy kicked out 25 of 26 shots.

-- At Albany, NY, Berkshire topped Albany Academy, 6-4. Nick Prockow had four goals for Berkshire, the last being an empty-netter. Berkshire outshot AA 51-26.

-- Host Williston-Northampton blanked Pomfret, 5-0, behind five different goal scorers and sophomore goaltender Bobby Bowden, who kicked out all 30 shots he faced.

-- At Concord, Mass., Hebron beat host Middlesex, 6-1, behind six different scorers and the work of senior goalie Keith MacDonald, who kicked out 26 of 27 shots.

-- At Greenwich, Conn., host Brunwick scored six times in the third period in a 9-1 win over Kingswood-Oxford.

-- At Brookline, Mass., Pingree edged host Dexter, 2-1, on a third period goal by Will Walfield.

-- At Plymouth, NH, senior Ivan Oliinyk of Kiev, Ukraine scored his second goal of the game at 4:54 of OT to lift Winchendon to a 6-5 win over host Holderness.

-- At Canton, Mass., Belmont Hill soldiers on as the only unbeaten team in Div. I, topping Thayer, 4-1. Mike O’Donnell had a pair of goals, Jason Silvia had one, and Jake Moscatel added an empty netter.

-- At Pottstown, Pa, Hill blanked Germantown Academy, 7-0. Justin Krute (1g,3a) and Brooks Potts (1g,2a) led the Hill attack.

-- At Windsor, Conn., Deerfield trounced Loomis-Chaffee, 8-1. Junior Evan Dugdale and senior Alex Killorn each had a pair of goals.

-- A Will Lee power play goal at 14:49 of the third period lifted host Groton to a 4-3 upset win over Vermont Academy.

-- At Gill, Mass., senior Alex Gagnon-Sckoropad (say that a few times, really fast) scored all three goals for Stanstead College in a 3-2 win over NMH.

-- At South Berwick, Maine, Proctor topped Berwick, 9-5. Connor Toomey, Danny Allen, and Jon Feltau each had a pair of goals for Proctor. Berwick sophomore goaltender Casey DeSmith had an uncharacteristic off day, getting beat for nine goals (on 29 shots).

-- At Ashburnham, Mass., host Cushing bowed to Tabor, 3-1. Wyatt Clarke, Drew Jelinek, and Mark Colp scored for the Seawolves. The story of the game, though, was Tabor sophomore goaltender Robert Kang, who kicked out 47 of 48 shots.

-- Sophomore Attila Pavuk of Budapest, Hungary scored the game winner and sophomore goaltender Ian Richter had 17 saves as host Hoosac edged the Portledge School, 2-1.

-- Worcester Academy continues as the only undefeated team in Div. II, topping host New Hampton 4-2. Worcester got goals from four different goal scorers. Senior Nick Blanchette of Stuart, Florida kicked out 28 of 30 shots for the win.

-- At North Andover, Mass., St. George’s defeated host Brooks, 5-2. Five different scorers came through for the Dragons, and senior goaltender Sean O’Brien stopped 29 shots.

-- At Tilton, NH, Phillips Andover Academy beat host Tilton, 5-2. A Chris Kreider goal 14 seconds into the third period broke a 2-2 tie and then Andover added two more. Junior goaltender Glenn Stowell stopped 26 of 28 shots for the win.



Winged Beavers Overpower Bearcats

Avon, Conn. – Avon Old Farms junior forward Brad Peltz scored a power play goal early in the third, the first of four goals Avon would score in the period en route to a convincing 6-1 win here today.

Cam Atkinson (1g,1a), Danny New (1g,1a), Brad Cooper (1g,1a), and Chris Wieland (2a) each had two points for the Winged Beavers. Senior forward James Chamness had three assists. Four of Avon’s six goals came on the power play.

Avon outshot Hotchkiss 37-17, and the Bearcats were sluggish, not surprising given the fact that 19 of their 22 players sick last week, forcing the school to cancel Saturday’s game vs. Millbrook.

Hotchkiss head coach Damon White said, “I’m not going to use that as an excuse. We just got our butts kicked in the third period.”

“We didn’t adjust to the power play at all. To us, it was just a disappointing game. Avon has a good club. They took it to us.”

Avon got on the board first, with a power play goal, when junior defenseman Lee Moffie found Atkinson in the slot, and the BC recruit ripped one past Hotchkiss goaltender John Yanchek at the 9:44 mark.

Hotchkiss tied it up at 1-1, also on a power play, when senior defenseman Brandon Hew scored from the left point at 13:14.

Avon, once again with the man advantage, went ahead 2-1 when James Chamness, from the left faceoff circle, got the puck out to Brad Cooper at the left point. Cooper slid it over to Danny New, who let one go from the right point, beating Yanchek with 2:14 remaining in the period.

There was no scoring in the second period.

After Peltz scored early in the third, knocking home a puck that had eluded Yanchek and was rolling tantalizingly along the goal line, the roof caved in for Hotchkiss.

At 6:34, the Winged Beavers made it 4-1 on a nifty passing sequence – Paul Lee to Atkinson to Cooper.

At the eight minute mark, Peltz came down the left side and fired a hard wrister to make it 5-1.

At 11:01 senior forward Blake Forkey made it 6-1.

“I thought we moved the puck well in the third period,” said Avon head coach John Gardner. “Our breakout was good and when we had the numbers and geared it down, we were able to make plays.”

On Saturday, Avon hosts Kent, the only team to have beaten them thus far this season, a 6-2 defeat in the title game of the Avon Christmas Tournament on Dec. 15.


This Week's Schedule

Mon. Jan. 07, 2008:

Salisbury @ Taft, 4:00 pm
South Kent @ Millbrook, 4:30 pm
Governor Dummer @ Rivers, 5:30 pm
Tue. Jan. 08, 2008:
South Kent vs. Boston Jr. Bruins (EJHL), 6:00 pm(At Yale University)

Wed. Jan. 09, 2008:
Albany Academy @ Lawrenceville, 2:00 pm
Canterbury @ Choate, 2:15 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Kent, 2:30 pm
Hotchkiss @ Avon Old Farms, 2:30 pm
Taft @ Westminster, 2:30 pm
DeLaSalle College @ St. Andrew's, 3:00 pm
Brewster @ Kent's Hill, 3:00 pm
Vermont Academy @ Groton, 3:30 pm
Hoosac vs. Portledge, 3:30 pm(@ Harvey School)
Tabor @ Cushing, 3:30 pm
St. Mark's @ Roxbury Latin, 3:45 pm
Andover @ Tilton, 3:45 pm
Kimball Union @ Exeter, 4:00 pm
Belmont Hill @ Thayer, 4:00 pm
Berkshire @ Albany Academy, 4:00 pm
Proctor @ Berwick, 4:00 pm
Worcester Academy @ New Hampton, 4:00 pm
Harvey @ Rye Country Day, 4:00 pm
Winchendon @ Holderness, 4:00 pm
Pomfret @ Williston-Northampton, 4:30 pm
Germantown Academy @ Hill School, 4:30 pm
Stanstead College @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 4:30 pm
Hebron @ Middlesex, 4:45 pm
Milton @ St. Paul's, 4:45 pm
Deerfield @ Loomis-Chaffee, 5:00 pm
Noble & Greenough @ Lawrence, 5:15 pm
Governor Dummer @ BB&N, 5:15 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ Brunswick, 5:30 pm
Pingree @ Dexter, 5:45 pm

Fri. Jan. 11, 2008:
St. Thomas More @ North Yarmouth, 3:00 pm
Hoosac @ Berwick, 4:00 pm
Sainte Foy @ Hill School, 4:30 pm
Middlesex @ St. Mark's, 5:00 pm
Tilton @ Proctor, 5:00 pm
Williston-Northampton @ Winchendon, 5:00 pm
Rivers @ St. Paul's, 5:00 pm
Tabor @ Holderness, 5:45 pm
Dexter @ New Hampton, 6:00 pm
Worcester Academy @ Portsmouth Abbey, 6:15 pm
BB&N @ Noble & Greenough, 6:30 pm
Edge School @ St. Andrew's, 7:00 pm (MacPherson Tournament)
Deerfield @ Cushing, 7:00 pm

Sat. Jan. 12, 2008:
Tabor @ Kimball Union, 12:30 pm
Hotchkiss @ Loomis-Chaffee, 2:00 pm
CEGEP Sainte-Foy @ Lawrenceville, 2:15 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ Berwick, 2:15 pm
Middlesex @ Milton, 2:15 pm
Wyoming Seminary @ Philadelphia Jr. Flyers, 2:30 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Deerfield, 2:30 pm
Westminster @ Salisbury, 2:30 pm
St. George's @ Groton, 2:30 pm
Brunswick @ Vermont Academy, 2:30 pm
St. Sebastian's @ St. Paul's, 2:30 pm
Kent @ Avon Old Farms, 2:30 pm
Thayer @ Lawrence, 3:00 pm
St. Mark's @ BB&N, 3:30 pm
Williston-Northampton @ Berkshire, 3:30 pm
Cushing @ Tilton, 3:30 pm
Millbrook @ Pomfret, 3:30 pm
Holderness @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 4:00 pm
Albany Academy @ Canterbury, 4:00 pm
Belmont Hill @ Governor Dummer, 4:00 pm
New Hampton @ Portsmouth Abbey, 4:00 pm
Winchendon @ Gunnery, 4:00 pm
Andover @ Exeter, 4:30 pm
Brooks @ Roxbury Latin, 4:45 pm
Hebron @ Brewster, 5:45 pm
Worcester Academy @ North Yarmouth, 5:45 pm
South Kent @ Proctor, 7:00 pm
CEGEP Sainte-Lawrence @ Hill School, 7:00 pm
Taft @ Choate, 7:00 pm

Sun. Jan. 13, 2008:
CEGEP Saint-Lawrence @ Lawrenceville, 1:00 pm
Albany Academy @ Canterbury, 1:00 pm
Pomfret @ Avon Old Farms, 2:00 pm
Northfield Mt. Hermon @ Choate, 2:00 pm
South Kent @ Tilton, 2:00 pm


In addition, both the Northwood School and Stanstead College are hosting their tournaments this weekend, Fri. Jan. 11-13. 


Worcester Academy #1 in USHR Div. II Poll

Worcester Academy, still undefeated, holds onto the top spot in this week’s USHR Div. II poll.

Unlike the Div. I poll, which has about half a dozen teams that could make an argument for a spot in the #8-10 range, the Div. II poll was pretty straightforward. Not much in the way of change; not much in the way of argument. Things will liven up, and that you can count on.

USHR Div. II Poll, 1/7/08



Taft Roars Back, Overtakes #1 Salisbury

Watertown, Conn. – Host Taft, down 5-3 early in the third, battled back with three unanswered goals , the last by Andy Balysky with 28 seconds remaining in regulation, to knock off previously undefeated Salisbury.

Senior Kevin Nugent had a hat trick for Taft, and junior Jesse Root had four points (1g,3a). For Salisbury, junior Adam Pawlick had four points (2g,2a).

Box Score


Salisbury Holds Onto Top Spot in USHR Div. I Poll

Salisbury hasn’t played a game since the Flood-Marr Tournament, but they remain #1 in this week’s USHR Div. I prep poll.

USHR Div. I Prep Poll -- 1/7/08



Andover Gets Goggined

Andover, Mass. – In front of a loud and lively Andover crowd that included New England’s man of the hour Bill Belichick (Andover, class of ’71) the visiting Choate Wild Boars struck for a pair of goals 46 seconds apart late in the third period, turning a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 road win.

The game was a hard-hitting, highly entertaining, up-and-down, physical contest that had a little bit of everything.

Junior forward Mark Goggin (1g,3a) stood out for Choate, figuring in all four of his team’s goals. The biggest of the goals, of course, were the two in the third, by senior forward Sam Wheeler at 12:23 to tie the game at 3-3, and then the game-winner off the stick of junior defenseman Max Mastrella, a harmless-looking shot from the left point that broke off the left pad of Andover junior goaltender Glenn Stowell and into the net at the 13:09 mark. 

But let’s go back to the first period. First off, early on, Choate senior forward Jamie Nudy, a key offensive player, skated off with an injured shoulder, and will be out of action for a couple of weeks. Choate kept at it, though, and finally broke the ice, jumping out to a 1-0 lead on a power play goal by Mark Goggin, who banged home the rebound of a shot from the left point by his older brother -- and fellow Dartmouth recruit -- Connor at the 10:34 mark.

Things looked even better for Choate right after, when a pair of Andover skaters were whistled for penalties in quick succession, creating a lengthy 5x3 power play for the Wild Boars. They couldn’t convert, though, and almost immediately Andover found itself the beneficiary of a lengthy 5x3. They couldn’t convert either.

In the second period, Andover, on the power play, tied the game at 1-1 when senior forward Tucker Mullin lifted a backhander past Choate sophomore goaltender Nick Bondurant at the 2:22 mark and then, just 51 seconds later, took a 2-1 lead when Bobby Farnham converted the rebound of a Steven Bury shot.

A few minutes later, Farnham, a Brown recruit, came close to making it 3-1, but couldn’t bury it.

Instead, at the 8:45 mark, with the Wild Boars on the power play, junior Joel Goodsell spotted Connor Goggin on the weak side and hit him with a perfect pass. Goggin had plenty of net to shoot at, and didn’t miss. That made it 2-2. Neither team was able to add another goal before the teams skated off for the second intermission.

Early in the third, Farnham scored a shorthanded  goal for Andover. Breaking down the right side, the senior forward from North Andover looked the defender off, and then let go with a high wrist shot that beat Bondurant at the 2:58 mark. It had the earmarks of a statement goal.

But Choate, which had already come back from a one-goal deficit in the second, did it again in the third as Wheeler banged home a rebound – both Goggin brothers picked up assists on this one – and then Mastrella, off a pass from Mark Goggin, scored the game winner.

“I thought we stole one,” said Choate head coach Patrick Dennehy afterward. “Twice in this game we were down by a goal, and I was proud of the way this team responded. Our guys didn’t get flustered and we found a way to win on the road. Andover has a tough team. I know they had a tough time at the Flood-Marr but they were very tough today.”

Choate has to get right back at it, as they are staying in the Boston area and will face Exeter in a 3:00 pm Sunday tilt at Harvard's Bright Hockey Center.



Sat. Jan. 5 Recaps

-- At Andover, Mass., Choate struck for two goals 46 seconds apart in the third period to edge Andover, 4-2. Mark Goggin figured in all four goals for the Wild Boars. See below for full story.

--   Sophomore goaltender Casey DeSmith stopped all 22 shots he faced, leading Berwick to a 3-0 win at North Yarmouth Academy.

-- At Kent, Conn., senior Jon Schanke and junior Kyle Lysaght each notched a pair of goals as Kent trounced Loomis-Chaffee, 9-2.

-- Yale recruit Joey Campanelli, a new junior from Pierrefonds, Que., had a hat trick in Westminster’s 3-1 win at Trinity-Pawling.

-- Tom DiDonato (1g,2a) helped NMH to a 5-2 home win over Academie St. Louis.

-- Junior goaltender Ben Bradley stopped all 19 shots he faced as host Pingree blanked Kingswood-Oxford, 2-0.

-- At Exeter, NH, visiting St. Paul’s edged Exeter, 4-3.  Sophomore Sam Courcelles (1g,1a) and junior Alex Davidson (2a) led the offense.

-- Host Avon Old Farms spotted Taft a 2-0 lead, but then roared back with six unanswered goals for a 6-2 win. Patrick Mullane (3g,1a) and Cam Atkinson (1g,3a) each had four points for the Winged Beavers.

-- At Belmont, Mass., the visitors from St. Sebastian’s outshot Belmont Hill, 42-24 but came out on the short end as undefeated Belmont Hill got goals from four different scorers before junior Chris Brown potted a pair for the Arrows. Michael Condon kicked out 40 shots in the Belmont Hill net.

-- Sophomore Dan Mazzei (2g,2a) and senior Rob Florentino (1g,3a) each had four points as host BB&N defeated Rivers, 6-2.

-- Lawrence Academy traveled to Milton Academy and emerged 3-2 winners on the strength of a Charlie Carkin goal in OT. Steven Whitney, back from playing in the World Under-17 Challenge in London, Ont., scored a power play goal to put LA up 2-0 early in the third. Milton junior forward Adam Zacuto then scored a pair, the second coming with just 38 seconds left in regulation to tie things up at 2-2.

-- Sophomore Jake Goldberg (2g,2a) led the attack as Berkshire won a 6-4 decision at Williston.

-- The Millbrook-Hotchkiss game was postponed due to the flu laying low the Bearcats.

-- Dave Grilk stopped all 38 shots he faced and Nick Neron scored a pair of goals to lead Holderness to a 5-0 win at Proctor.

-- Senior Brian Maguire (1g,3a) and junior Casey Brugman (2g,1a) led Cushing to a 6-3 win at KUA.

-- At North Andover, Mass., Groton sophomore goalie Dale Adams kicked out all 28 shots he faced, shutting out host Brooks, 3-0.

Tues. Jan. 1st Tournament Scoreboard

Joshua Weeks New Year’s Tournament

-- at Tabor Academy; Marion, Mass., final day 

Teams: Governor’s Academy, Hill School, Milton Academy, New England Jr. Falcons, St. Sebastian’s Country Day School, Tabor Academy.


10:00 am – Playoff Game 1: Governor's 3, Hill 1 -- GDA: Kent (1g,1a), Ferriero (g), J. Menard (g), Voto (a), Bryson (a). Hill: Krute (g).
12:00 pm – Playoff Game 2: Milton 4, Tabor 2 - Milton: Mucha (3g), Hunchberger (g), J. Deutsch (a), A. Deutsch (a), Haseley (a), Voloshin (a), Mleczko (a), Bellotti (a). Tabor: Kader (g), Latta (a), Jelinek (g), Colp (2a), Garson (a).     

2:00 pm – Championship Game: New England Jr. Falcons 6, St. Sebastian's 1 -- Jr. Falcons: Czepiel (1g,2a),k Adams (1g,2a), Rider (1g,1a), Cauley (g), McGarry (a), Styckiewicz (g), Chlanda (g). SS: Rogers (g), Lalor (a).

Yesterday’s Results:
Milton 2, Governor’s 2 (Milton wins in shootout)
New England Jr. Falcons 4, Hill 1
St. Sebastian’s 4, Tabor 1
New England Jr. Falcons 3, Milton 2
St. Sebastian’s 3, Hill 2
Governor’s 6, Tabor 5 (OT)



This Week’s Schedule

Wed. Jan. 02, 2008:
Hill School @ Tabor, 12:00 pm
Wyoming Seminary @ Hotchkiss, 2:00 pm

Thu. Jan. 03, 2008:
Westminster @ Kent, 4:00 pm
Belmont Hill @ Milton, 4:00 pm
BB&N @ Thayer, 4:00 pm
Belmont Hill @ Milton, 4:15 pm
St. Sebastian's @ Noble & Greenough, 5:15 pm

Fri. Jan. 04, 2008:
St. Andrew's vs. Stanstead College, 2:00 pm (St. Francis Invitational)
Canterbury @ Gunnery, 4:15 pm
Pingree @ Kent's Hill, 6:00 pm

Sat. Jan. 05, 2008:
St. Andrew's vs. Ridley College, 9:00 AM (St. Francis Invitational)
St. Andrew's vs. St. Francis, 11:00 AM (St. Francis Invitational)
Rivers @ BB&N, 12:00 pm
Groton @ Brooks, 2:00 pm
Pomfret @ Governor Dummer, 2:00 pm
Holderness @ Proctor, 2:00 pm
Thayer @ Noble & Greenough, 2:30 pm
St. Sebastian's @ Belmont Hill, 2:30 pm
Millbrook @ Hotchkiss, 2:30 pm
Taft @ Avon Old Farms, 2:45 pm
Hebron vs. South Kent, 3:00 pm (@ Walter Brown Arena, Boston University)
Westminster @ Trinity-Pawling, 3:00 pm
Lawrence @ Milton, 3:00 pm
Choate @ Andover, 3:15 pm
National Sports Academy @ Lawrenceville, 3:30 pm
St. Paul's @ Exeter, 3:30 pm
Berwick @ North Yarmouth, 3:30 pm
Gunnery @ Winchendon, 4:00 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ Pingree, 4:00 pm
St. George's @ St. Mark's, 4:30 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Kent, 5:00 pm
Academie St. Louis @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 5:00 pm
Cushing @ Kimball Union, 5:00 pm
Tabor @ Tilton, 5:30 pm
Berkshire @ Williston-Northampton, 6:15 pm
Northwood @ Hill School, 7:00 pm

Sun. Jan. 06, 2008:
Northwood @ Lawrenceville, 11:15 am
Les Dynamiques @ Winchendon, 12:00 pm
National Sports Academy @ Hill School, 12:00 pm
Albany Academy @ Pomfret, 2:00 pm
Exeter vs. Choate, 3:00 pm (at Harvard)